Dangers of Mixing Suboxone with Alcohol and Other Drugs
Suboxone is a narcotic analgesic used to treat individuals who have become addicted to other opioids such as the following:
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid drug while naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdose. There is controversy surrounding Suboxone and other substitute drug use. Drugs like Suboxone are used to treat patients who are undergoing detox for other drug addictions. The trouble is that Suboxone is also addictive, and users typically require a second detox. As a result, Suboxone treatment tends to continue the cycle of addiction rather than end it. Patients being treated with Suboxone are still dealing with addiction and the stresses that come with that struggle can lead to other forms of drug abuse. Mixing alcohol and other drugs with Suboxone only adds to the already present danger.
Suboxone Side Effects
Even on its own, Suboxone can cause a variety of side effects with varying degrees of severity. These Suboxone side effects may include the following:
- Allergic reaction
- Decrease in respiratory rate
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- General pain
- Difficulty sleeping
When unpleasant side effects arise from Suboxone use, patients might be tempted to run to other drugs for relief. Unfortunately, mixing alcohol and other drugs with Suboxone only enhances the original side effects and dangers.
Mixing Alcohol and Other Drugs with Suboxone
Drinking alcohol while taking Suboxone can dangerously increase the drowsiness and dizziness caused by Suboxone. In fact, the effects of alcohol and the effects of Suboxone are magnified by the other. This magnification occurs when Suboxone is mixed with other drugs as well. The following are just a few drugs that interact dangerously with Suboxone:
- Other pain relievers
- Anxiety medicines
- Muscle relaxants
Mixing alcohol and other drugs with Suboxone can also increase the rate at which tolerance and dependence develops. As a result, the dose must be increased even higher than in normal instances of tolerance to account for the heightened effects of drug combinations. Mixing alcohol and other drugs with Suboxone can continue and strengthen an already dangerous cycle of addiction.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with Suboxone abuse or mixing alcohol and other drugs with Suboxone, there is hope. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to speak with a representative who will help you find the treatment plan that is right for you. Addiction may consume your present, but it doesn’t have to define your future. Call now.